Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has reportedly written to the Government recommending Justice SA Bobde as his successor.
Gogoi has recommended, by writing a letter of appointment to the Ministry of Law and Justice, for the second seniormost judge Justice SA Bobde as the next Chief Justice of India.
Justice Gogoi, who was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018, will demit the office on November 17.
As per tradition, the sitting CJI has to write and recommend the name of the next senior judger after him as his successor.
Justice Gogoi as the Chief Justice has a tenure of 13 months and 15 days while Justice Bobde, who will be sworn in as CJI on November 18, will have a tenure of about 18 months.
According to the Memorandum of Procedure, which governs the appointment of members of the higher judiciary, “appointment to the office of the Chief Justice of India should be of the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court considered fit to hold the office”.
Under this process, after receiving the CJI’s recommendation, the law minister puts it before the prime minister who advises the president on the matter.